Advantages of Getting Plastic Surgery in the Spring | Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa

With the warm days of summer and days on the beach fast approaching, you must be wondering what and when will be the best approach to get bikini-ready.

For some time, you’ve had the mindset to get cosmetic surgery when the time is right, and spring certainly is cosmetic surgery season! Having “work” done this time of year means you’ll be ready for summer and less clothing, the beach, bathing suits, summer parties, vacation, and, of course, weddings.

Now that the holidays and winter activities are behind you, it’s time to take care of those cosmetic procedures you’ve promised yourself.

The advantages to having plastic surgery during the spring include:

  • Kids are still in school, which means you won’t need to ask for as much extra help
  • Weather is still cool enough to conceal your surgeries with bulky clothing
  • Spring holidays and long weekends give you time to recuperate
  • Best time for that final tune-up before summer

Best Types of Plastic Surgery to Get During Spring

Spring is the time of renewal and rejuvenation; the weather is still cool enough to wear bulkier clothing to comfortably conceal any swelling and bruising from your surgery without becoming overheated. Already you can picture yourself showing off your new body at the beach or pool!

With a single visit to the experts at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa, you’ll be well on your way to your best summer ever!

If you’re working on a timeline for a wedding, vacation, or some other special event, be sure to let your surgeon know during your consultation. Your spring procedure will typically be healed in time for the start of summer.

Spring is a great time to consider the following procedures:

Breast augmentation. Get the contours you deserve with a breast augmentation.

FaceliftRejuvenate the skin on your face and neck.

Tummy tuckFlatten and shape your waist and abdomen.

Liposuction. Get back that sculpted look with the removal of unwanted fat.

Prefer Something Less Invasive?

For treatments that require less downtime, you could consider these great options:

Photofacial. For a stunning spring reveal, a Sciton Forever Young BroadBand Light (BBL)™ light photofacial rejuvenation can target a wide variety of skin conditions related to sun damage and aging.

HydraFacial. You should consider this treatment for a painless way to exfoliate and revive your skin with no surgery or downtime. And afterward, apply healing, nourishing serums to restore even more to your new glow.

Cellulite treatment. Cellfina is a revolutionary new cellulite treatment that can virtually eliminate cellulite and the best part is that this procedure involves no surgery whatsoever.

Skin rejuvenation. Another treatment you could consider this spring is to treat yourself to a rejuvenation facial. Bring back that healthy glow to your skin; heal and repair skin that the cold, dry winter weather has damaged.

Nonsurgical body contouring sculpting treatments, including dermal fillers and BOTOX®, could also be on your spring refresh checklist. Add laser hair removal to eliminate shaving from your summer routine, and your summer self will thank you!

Within a week or two after most procedures, you will start seeing results that will continue to improve after you’re back in your regular routine.

Ready for Your Next Step This Spring?

Spring is upon us. Make it your best time for looking and feeling incredible!

To learn more about how we can help you on your journey, please reach out to our team at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa by calling (847) 367-8815 or filling out this online form to arrange your one-on-one consultation today. We are also available for virtual consultations!


Jump Start Your Fitness Journey with Liposuction

All too often, liposuction is unfairly stereotyped as being the procedure people turn to when they don’t want to diet or exercise. It may therefore surprise you to learn that liposuction has never been used for this purpose; in fact, it’s not possible to surgically remove more than about ten pounds of fat at a time. Instead, liposuction is frequently employed to help people who are already a healthy weight sculpt their bodies. Having liposuction can “jump start” your fitness efforts in several different ways. Here’s what you need to know:

3 Ways Liposuction Can Help You Get (and Stay) Fit

1. The motivation factor.

If you’ve ever been trapped in a cycle of yo-yo dieting (and/or exercising), then you’re probably already familiar with the following problem: You work hard for weeks or even months, restricting calories and sticking to your fitness plan, only to discover that it’s impossible to “spot reduce” fat. Sure, you might lose weight overall, but if you’re like most people over the age of 30, you’re left with a distinct belly bulge that won’t budge—no matter what you do. This situation isn’t your fault; as we get older, our bodies “centralize” their fat stores. That is to say, fat that used to be evenly distributed over your arms, legs, hips, and face, will progressively gather around your midsection instead. The result of this process is a deposit of stubborn fat around your stomach that makes you look heavier than you are and prevents you from developing visible abs. There is no nonsurgical way to get rid of this fat that doesn’t involve extreme dieting or over-exercising—two solutions that are neither healthy nor sustainable.

When confronted with this reality, many people (understandably) feel deflated. They think that no matter how hard they work, they’ll never have the body they want. Furthermore, because our brains are hardwired to respond to reward, when we don’t experience profound visible rewards after dieting and exercising, we lose the motivation to keep trying. Our brains also start to “default” back to craving familiar sources of reward, like comfort foods. This leads to weight gain, and soon enough, we need to begin the cycle all over again.

Liposuction has the power to short-circuit this process. By getting rid of the stubborn fat (usually abdominal fat, but liposuction can be used virtually anywhere) that’s left over once you reach a healthy weight, this procedure can reveal your toned muscles and give you the flat stomach you’ve been working so hard to achieve. Once this has been accomplished and you can see the rewards of all your hard work, you’ll be inspired to keep them. In other words, you’ll naturally want to keep working out and eating healthily because you won’t want to sabotage your new physique.

2. Liposuction can remove emotional barriers that hold you back from exercising.

We’ve been inundated with images of what “fit” people are supposed to look like: Completely sleek, fabulously toned, and overall rock-hard. As such, when we slip into tight exercise gear and discover that it reveals every lump and bulge we have, our confidence tends to evaporate. We feel like we “look” out of shape, even if we’re actually very fit.

For most people, this feeling leads to a great deal of self-consciousness. It prevents them from wanting to work out anywhere other people are present, especially other people who already look flawlessly fit. Alas, unless you live out in the middle of nowhere, your only viable exercise areas are probably public parks and gyms.

Having liposuction can take care of those unsightly lumps and bumps and give you the confidence you need to hit the trail or the track, without worrying about anything jiggling. Additionally, once you get the perfect body, you’re going to want to show it off.

3. Liposuction may improve your health.

Research has shown that removing abdominal fat is associated with several positive health outcomes. It lowers levels of blood triglycerides, increases your energy levels, and improves your cardiovascular health. All these benefits hold true even if you lose the last bit of your belly fat via surgery rather than exercise. This is the case because it’s the metabolic and hormonal effects of belly fat itself that negatively impact our health, not just being “out of shape.” And of course, the healthier and more energetic you are, the easier it’s going to be to exercise regularly.

Liposuction isn’t a replacement for diet and exercise, but it is the perfect companion to any healthy fitness plan. Don’t let stigma about this procedure hold you back; when approached correctly, it can be good for your mind, body, and spirit.

Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Or Both?

If you’ve ever heard someone quip “She had a tummy tuck!” about a celebrity who has rapidly shed her “baby weight,” then you know that liposuction and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery are often confused. In reality, that celebrity has probably done most of the hard work of weight loss herself… But she might have made use of an abdominoplasty to snap her stomach back into the kind of taught, tight shape that makes headlines.

So, what’s the difference between liposuction and abdominoplasty, and what do you need to know if you’re interested in either one? Read on to find out:

The Skinny On Liposuction Vs. Abdominoplasty

First and foremost, it’s important to understand that neither liposuction nor abdominoplasty are intended to be true “weight loss surgeries.” Liposuction is often used to remove small to medium-sized deposits of stubborn fat found anywhere on the body (e.g., a genetic “double chin” or belly fat that exercise just won’t budge), but it can’t make an overweight person thin overnight. If you have a great deal of excess weight, you’ll need to lose it via healthy means before considering cosmetic surgeries. Cosmetic surgeries are, however, often a necessary final step in creating a really sleek, lean appearance. It’s extremely difficult, and not always safe, to reduce your body fat percentage to a very low amount via diet and exercise alone. If you’re a healthy weight but still have unsightly fat deposits, then liposuction is a better choice for banishing them than extreme dieting.

Tummy tuck surgery, on the other hand, doesn’t target specific fat deposits (though some subcutaneous fat will usually be removed during this procedure). Instead, it assists people who have already lost a lot of weight (such as formerly obese individuals or women who have recently given birth). Often these people have a lot of unsightly loose skin that will never completely firm up on its own. To correct this, their plastic surgeon will make a long incision on their lower abdomen, reposition the skin, muscles, and tissue above, then remove whatever excess is left over. This leaves the stomach looking firm and toned.

In summation, liposuction is probably right for you if you’re a healthy weight but need to take care of one or more smaller deposits of stubborn fat. An abdominoplasty, on the other hand, is the better choice if you’re happy with your overall fat loss, but have loose skin you need to get rid of. And of course, if you have both issues, it’s important to keep in mind that you can safely get both surgeries—You’ll just need to get your abdominal liposuction done first before having a tummy tuck.

For more information, or to schedule a consultation, contact Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa today.

The Best Solutions for a Turkey Neck

There are many factors that can cause unwanted submental fat also known as the double chin as well as loose skin commonly referred to as a turkey neck. Weight gain, weight loss, genetics and the aging process can all play a role in submental fat and loose skin. Often diet and exercise alone are not enough, but the good news is that are a variety or surgical and non surgical treatments available to contour the lower face, reduce fat as well as tighten the skin. Say goodbye to your double chin or turkey neck with these solutions!

Turkey Neck Treatments near Chicago at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery and Medspa in Vernon Hills

CoolMini by CoolSculpting for a Double Chin

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Coolsculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction treatment that uses the clinically proven method cryolipolysis. An applicator specially designed for the submental area called the Coolmini is applied under the chin. During the 45 minute treatment, the fat cells painlessly freeze and shatter to be naturally filtered out by the lymphatic system. A single treatment can eliminate up to 25% of the fat cells in the area treated. Often a series of 2 or more treatments is recommended for ideal results. There is no downtime with Coolsculpting and one can return to their normal activities immediately. It is possible to experience bruising or swelling to the area after treatment, but it often resolves within a few days. Some may see results from the treatment as early as 4 weeks but it can take 12-16 weeks to see optimal results. Coolsculpting can be an excellent option for those looking to treat submental fat with no downtime.

Kybella® for Double Chin

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Kybella® is an FDA-approved injectable drug that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness. Kybella® is a substance identical to deoxycholic acid naturally produced in the body that will absorb fat in the double chin for good. Kybella® is often performed in a series of 2 to 4 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart. During the treatment, Kybella® is injected with a very small needle similar to a BOTOX® treatment and the procedure usually only takes about 15 minutes. Kybella® not only reduces submental fat but has been shown to help retract loose skin. It is possible to experience bruising or swelling to the area, but it often resolves within one week. Kybella® can be an excellent treatment option for those looking to contour their profile and reduce submental fat while also improving mild laxity.

Ultherapy for Turkey Neck

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Ultherapy uses advanced ultrasound technology with precise imaging to tighten and lift the skin. This is a unique non-invasive skin tightening treatment as it is the only non-surgical tissue tightening device that treats at a level as deep as a facelift, the muscle. It also bypasses the outer layer of the skin delivering the energy exactly and precisely where to stimulate the body’s own regenerative response. The treatment takes approximately 45-90 minutes. It is possible to experience swelling, but it often resolves within one week. Some may notice results immediately although collagen will continue to stimulate and improvements will continue over the next 6 months with optimal results at that time. Ultherapy can be an excellent treatment for those concerned with skin laxity and who are not ready for a facelift or for those that would like to extend their surgical results.

Surgical Options for Turkey Neck

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Signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin can be counteracted through a neck lift or face lift, which tightens the muscle, removes excess fat and skin and gives the face a younger, fresher look. It is not uncommon for patients to look 10 or 15 years younger following a neck or facelift procedure. Liposuction is also a very popular procedure that gives your body a sculpted look by getting rid of unwanted fat under the chin. Both surgical options offer a fast and more dramatic result then non-surgical treatments. Surgical treatments also offer longer term results than non-surgical treatments. Candidacy and downtime vary based on individual goals and anatomy, therefore our experienced board-certified plastic surgeons offer complimentary consultations for patients to learn more about the surgeries and if it is right for them.

Where to Find the Best Treatments for Turkey Neck in North Chicago

Whether your concern is submental fat, loose skin on the neck or both there are a variety of treatments available to help. This article features some of the most popular and well-known treatments but there are even more available! The physicians at Ritacca Cosmetic surgery & Medspa offer complimentary consultations to determine candidacy. Schedule your complimentary consultation today.

Achieve the Elusive Thigh Gap

Having lean thighs is an ideal feminine body goal for many women. The thigh gap is the sought out look of having space between the inner thighs while standing with knees touching. The thigh gap has been very popular in social media and in Hollywood over the years but isn’t the easiest to achieve. Unfortunately many us were not blessed with the anatomy of a runway model and even those of us in great shape may struggle trying to achieve a thigh gap. Being in good shape is important for overall health, but trying to achieve a thigh gap by extreme diet and exercise can be harmful or even lead to an eating disorder. There are treatments available that can help contour and reduce fat in the inner thigh when healthy diet and exercise isn’t enough.


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Coolsculpting by Zeltiq is a popular and efficacious non surgical permanent fat reduction treatment. Coolsculpting is tried and true. It has been performed for over 10 years and over 2 million treatments have been performed worldwide. The treatment uses a cooling technology called cryolipolysis. The fat cells are frozen, broken down, and are then flushed out using the body’s own natural processes. The treatment only takes about 45 minutes on each side. An applicator with suction is placed over the inner thigh bulge and patients comfortably watch TV or nap while a cooling system non-invasively freezes their fat cells. There is no downtime and patients can return to their normal activities immediately after treatment. Some patients see results as early as 1 month but it can take 3-4 months to see optimal results which are typically around a 25% reduction in fat cells.


BodyFX uses a combination of advanced radiofrequency, deep tissue heating and suction coupled negative pressure. The radio-frequency energy distributes heat to the skin and underlying fat, causing the tissues to heat and contract. The vacuum and controlled energy pulses then work synergistically to provide beautiful body contouring results. BodyFX also uses short bursts of energy to dissolve targeted fat cells. The treatments are comfortable, non invasive, and there is no downtime. They are typically performed in a series of 6 to 8 treatments spaced 1 week apart. BodyFX contours, tightens, smooths, improves cellulite, and reduces fat. This is an excellent option for those concerned with loose skin and cellulite.


Liposuction is the gold standard method of fat reduction. Liposuction offers fast and dramatic results. For an area like inner thighs the procedure may be able to be performed under local anesthesia. The liposuction procedure is performed by the area being numbed with tumescent anesthesia by our board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leonard Lu. He then uses a small cannula that is inserted through a very small inconspicuous incision and then fat cells are broken up and removed. The recovery is minimal and patients may experience bruising or swelling after treatment. Dr. Leonard Lu has extensive experience in performing liposuction over the past 9 years.

How to Achieve the Thigh Gap in North Chicago

Coolsculpting, BodyFX, and Liposuction are all permanent fat reduction treatments that may be perfect for those looking to reduce inner thigh fat to achieve the elusive thigh gap. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen are also important for long term results.

Call us to schedule your complimentary consultation today (847)367-8815.

Freeze Fat Cells Better and Faster with CoolAdvantage by CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a non surgical fat reduction treatment that has been around for over 10 years with over 2 million treatments having been performed worldwide. The unique technology behind CoolSculping is Cryolipolysis. With cryolipolysis, we can freeze fat cells which are then eliminated by the body in a safe and efficacious treatment. A single treatment can reduce up to 25% of the fat cells in the area treated for good.

CoolSculpting is one of the most popular non invasive fat reduction procedures to date. It works effectively to target small pockets of fat on common areas of concern with no downtime such as abdomen, love handles, back fat, bra bulge, inner & outer thighs, banana roll, and submental fat also known as the double chin. There are some exciting new advancements in the technology and we are excited to share them in our North Chicago Medical Spa located in Vernon Hills, IL.

Freeze Fat Cells With New CoolAdvantage Applicators

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Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is excited to be one of the first centers in Illinois to offer CoolSculpting’s newest CoolAdvantage applicators. There are some exciting clinical studies behind the new applicators efficacy and patient comfort.

In clinical trials patients found treatments with the new CoolAdvantage applicators to be 45% more effective than with the older applicators. There is cooling panel that runs along the entire interior of the applicator which allows a larger area to be treated then before specifically 22 square centimeters.

While rare some patients experience late onset nerve pain after treatment and pain during the application process. The new CoolAdvantage applicators are designed to be more comfortable during the application process, treatment, and there have also been no reports of late onset nerve pain.

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Another exciting feature with the new CoolAdvantage applicators is treatment time for body has been decreased to 35 minutes for most areas vs the 60 minutes with older applicators. With these advancements the treatments are actually being performed at a cooler temperature which is why treatment time has decreased.

Try CoolAdvantage to Freeze Fat Cells for Non-Surgical Liposuction in North Chicago

At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa we pride ourselves on having the latest and greatest technology available to our patients. We have 2 CoolSculpting machines to give our patients the added benefit by treating bilateral areas at the same time for time efficiency. We are currently offering a loyalty savings program for CoolSculpting which allows patients to save big on treatments. If you have stubborn unwanted fat call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation and see if CoolSculpting is right for you.

Double Chin Causes and Solutions

A study performed by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery last year reported that 68% of people were concerned with the extra chin or neck fat. This common concern of many can lead to low self esteem and embarrassment. However, if you have a double chin, it may not be your fault. Among the many double chin causes are genetics and aging. And there’s more good news: there are a variety of solutions available to help improve the appearance of the chin, neck, and jaw line.

Most Common Double Chin Causes

As mentioned previously, aging is a big reason we develop double chins. As we age we lose muscle and the when the muscle under the chin weakens it can cause loose and sagging skin. Another of the numerous double chin causes is genetics. Some families have a hereditary predisposition. The primary culprit for double chins is excess fat. At the end of the day, the reason for excessive fat beneath the chin, known as submental fullness, does’t matter. What does matter is that your double chin causes you embarrassment, and you want to get rid of it. How do you get rid of that stubborn double chin? Find out below.

How to Get Rid of Your Double Chin

Kybella® Non-Surgical Double Chin Eliminator

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Kybella® is an FDA approved injectable drug identical to deoxycholic acid a substance naturally found in our body that, when injected into the double chin causes the fat to be absorbed and eliminated by the body. Kybella® is manufactured from Allergan the same company that produces BOTOX® and Juvéderm®. Kybella® is precisely administered with a fine needle to the excess fat under the chin in a quick treatment. After Kybella® most patients experience swelling to the area that can last about week. The treatment is typically performed in a series of 2-4 treatments repeated every 4 weeks. Kybella® is non invasive and permanent fat reduction method that offers the added benefit of skin retraction for mild laxity. For those with moderate laxity other treatments such as ThermiRF which uses radiofrequency and Ultherapy that uses advanced ultrasound technology can be used in conjunction with Kybella® for skin tightening.

CoolMini by CoolSculpting for Double Chin Reduction

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CoolSculpting is an efficacious treatment that has been around for over 10 years. Over 2 million treatments have been performed worldwide. CoolSculpting uses a technology called cryolipolysis in which fat cells are painlessly frozen, shattered, and permanently eliminated. The CoolMini applicator is placed directly under the chin suctioning in the tissue between cooling plates. The treatment in simple, painless, and only takes 45 minutes. There can be minor swelling after treatment which often resolves within a couple of days. A CoolMini treatment is typically performed in a series of 2 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart. Optimal results are seen a few months after treatment. CoolSculpting does not treat laxity so it can also be combined with skin tightening treatments if needed.


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Liposuction is the gold standard method for fat reduction. It offers fast and permanent results. Liposuction can be performed in several methods including tumescent, laser, and wet. With all types of a small incision is made and a cannula is then inserted to break up the fat and suction it out. Liposuction offers patients fast and dramatic results with minimal downtime. The cost of liposuction is comparable to doing a series of non surgical treatments.

Ready to Get Rid of Your Double Chin?

If you are looking to permanently get rid of stubborn submental fat there are several effective treatments available including Kybella®, CoolSculpting, and liposuction. Depending on individual need, goals, and result expectations one of these methods may be the perfect treatment. A healthy diet and exercise can also help prevent and reduce a double chin. Complimentary consultations can be scheduled at (847)367-8815.

Double Chin Reduction in North Chicago

Having unwanted submental fat also known as the “double chin” is a common concern that affects many. There are a variety of treatments on the market that promote getting rid of the double chin such as Kybella®, Coolsculpting, and Ultherapy skin tightening. This article provides information on these commonly researched treatments including effectiveness and downtime in double chin reduction in our medical spa conveniently located in the North Chicago suburbs.

Kybella® Injections for Double Chin Reduction

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Kybella® is an injectable medication identical to deoxycholic acid, a substance naturally found in out body that melts fat for good. Kybella® was established from the highly reputable company Allergan that also manufactures BOTOX® and Juvéderm®. Kybella® is injected virtually pain free with a tiny needle straight to the submental area that has been carefully marked with an injection grid by the provider. After Kybella® patients may experience swelling that typically can last about a week. Kybella® results can be seen at 4 weeks and if another session is recommend that is when it is typically retreated. The amount of treatments recommended varies based on individual need and on average ranges between 2-4 treatments.


Coolsculpting CoolMini to Freeze Away the Double Chin Fat


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Coolsculpting is a highly reputable treatment that has been around for over 10 years. The results are tried and true. There is a new treatment called the CoolMini that has an applicator specifically designed for the submental area. The applicator feels like a little suction cup vacuum while a cooling system painlessly freezes the fat cells. The treatment is non invasive and offers no downtime. Patients simply watch TV or relax during the 45 minute appointment. Once the treatment is performed the body naturally shatters and eliminates the unwanted fat cells. Few patients may experience some minor swelling or bruising for a few days but it is typically very mild. Results are seen in about 6 weeks and typically 2 treatments are recommended.


Ultherapy Skin Tightening for Double Chin & Neck Rejuvenation

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Ultherapy skin tightening does not melt fat but it treats skin laxity which is often confused or associated with unwanted fat. Ultherapy uses state of the art ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen. It is considered to be the gold standard non surgical tissue tightening. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa was one of the first facilities to offer this efficacious technology. The treatment itself takes about 45 minutes to an hour for the submental area. The treatment is non invasive and there is no downtime after Ultherapy other than some swelling that can last about a week. The full tightening affects of a single Ultherapy treatment can be seen in about 3 to 6 months. This is a great option for someone concerned with laxity.


Double Chin Reduction in the North Chicago Suburbs


In conclusion there are several efficacious treatments available for the submental area. All 3 treatments have a high patient satisfaction rate. Pricing is dependent on the procedure, number of treatments, and individual need. During a complimentary consultation a treatment specialist will help determine which treatment is ideal based on individual goals, need, and overall health. Some factors that determine the ideal treatment are the quantity of fat, laxity, age, and overall health. Schedule your complimentary consultation today at (847)367-8815.

Non Surgical Liposuction Alternatives: BodyFX vs CoolSculpting

Whether it’s a desire for flatter abs, contoured hips, or smaller thighs unwanted fat is a common concern of many. Fat can be stubborn and not always respond to diet and exercise. The good news it there are many non surgical liposuction methods available. The difficulty as a consumer with multiple treatments on the market is picking the one that will provide the best results. There are two non surgical liposuction alternatives on the market that are commonly researched by consumers and offered here at Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa: CoolSculpting and BodyFX.

Comparing BodyFX vs CoolSculpting Non Surgical Liposuction Treatments


Freeze the Fat Away with CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a non surgical liposuction alternative treatment that works by a cooling system permanently eliminating the fat cells. A suctioning applicator is placed precisely over the area of treatment and over the course of an hour the fat cells freeze. The frozen fat cells then naturally shatter and are naturally flushed out through the lymphatic system. Patients often experience numbness to the area after treatment but there is no downtime and they are able to return to normal activities. Results can be seen in as little as a few weeks or take up to twelve weeks. A single treatment typically eliminates at least twenty five percent of fat cells in the area treated. CoolSculpting has been around for about ten years and over two million treatments in the USA have been performed.

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Radio-frequency Fat Reduction with BodyFX

BodyFX treatment also eliminates unwanted fat cells for good by using gold standard RF technology which is a heat method instead of cooling. A vacuum is precisely and manually maneuvered over the area of unwanted fat and patients feel a warm massaging sensation. Short bursts of high voltage energy disrupt the wall of the fat cell resulting in their eventual death and natural removal through the lymphatic system. BodyFX is also non invasive with no downtime. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately. BodyFX is done in a series of eight treatments spaced approximately one to two weeks apart and results can typically start being seen after a few treatments.

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Which Non Surgical Liposuction Alternative is Right for Me?

Both treatments have positive patient feedback and are clinically shown methods for fat reduction. BodyFX may be better suited for those who have laxity or treating an area with cellulite since the heat method that is BodyFX also tightens. BodyFX also may be better suited for circumferential areas. CoolSculpting may be better suited for those wanting to do a single treatment to target a stubborn area of fat versus committing to a series. Both BodyFX and CoolSculpting can treat common areas of unwanted fat such as abdomen, love handles, thighs, back, and arms. CoolSculpting also has a new indication for submental fullness also known as double chin.

Both treatments are comparable in pricing and offer patients fat reduction with no surgery or downtime. In a complimentary consultation an experienced patient coordinator will help decide with you which method would be ideal for you based on your surgical history, goals, and individualized anatomical concerns.

Complimentary consultations can be scheduled in our medical spa located in the North Chicago suburb of Vernon Hills at (847)367-8815.

Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa One of First To Offer Fat-Dissolving Drug, Kybella®


Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa will be the first medical spa or cosmetic surgery center in Illinois to offer Kythera Biopharmaceutical Inc.’s injectable drug, Kybella®, a solution that destroys adult submental fat. Currently, the only options for fat removal in the double-chin area today, is to cut it out or suck it out until now.

The Kythera Biopharmaceutical drug now named, Kybella®, is identical to deoxycholic acid—a solution that aids the body to absorb fats that are naturally produced by the body, according to the FDA. Kybella® is an injection administered into the fat tissue in the submental area (under the chin) and works to destroy fat cells. As of right now, Kybella® is only FDA approved for the submental area.

Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is a full-service medical spa and cosmetic surgery center that offers the latest in aesthetic medicine and plastic surgery today including; laser hair removal, laser skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, sclerotherapy, BOTOX®, dermal fillers and more. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa is a black diamond account with Allergan, ranking top 2% in the country for injectables.

Daniel Ritacca, President of Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa says, “I’m excited to offer this technology to my patients….I have met with thousands of patient with this concern – now I have a solution.”

The safety and efficacy of Kybella® for treating adult submental fat were established in two clinical trials that enrolled over a thousand patients.

About Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery Center & Medspa: At Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa, we are dedicated to our patients discovery of their ideal self, by helping to achieve a more youthful, attractive appearance and inner well being. We do this through the expertise of a team of board certified physicians with over 75 years of combined experience, state of the art aesthetic technology and cosmetic procedures. Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa proudly serves the Chicagoland suburbs including; Vernon Hills, Libertyville, Deerfield, Northbrook, Gurnee, Highland Park and more.